Fair warning. You can chalk this up to just another rant from John. But it’s not. I have a purpose in all of this. I promise.
It started with me looking at my Twitter feed this morning, and there it was – right on my computer screen – under Trending Topics: Hump Day.
Why? And in asking that I’m asking more than why “hump day”. I’m asking why we need all of the posts about the day of the week. I know what day of the week it is. At least I usually do. But here is what we are faced with each week.
Monday: Each Monday everyone is telling us, well, that it’s Monday. No kidding. Funny the way that Monday comes every week, and certain people still need to tell us about it. And tell us how to feel about it. It’s “Happy Monday” or it’s “Bloody Monday” or it’s “Monday Again”. Or my personal favorite from earlier this week: “Keep calm and pretend it’s not Monday”. Why? It’s Monday, and it happens every week, and I don’t want you telling me how I should feel about it because . . . let’s face it . . . the first Monday I actually miss won’t be a very good day for me at all.
Tuesday: Tuesday is a day of calm most weeks. I think that may be due to everyone wearing themselves out getting all worked up about Monday. Although you do have the occasional “It’s only Tuesday” meme . . . or, wait for it, “Don’t worry. It’s almost hump day.” And then it is.
Wednesday: Here come the camels. “It’s Hump Day” or “Happy Hump Day”. So you have reached the middle of the week. I mean, big whoop de do. Who really cares? Well apparently a lot of people. I just checked again and, yes, it’s still trending. (Although it is somewhat interesting that Hump Day is trending more strongly in New York than any other major city.)
Thursday: With Thursday you get the tired and boring admonition not to worry because “It’s almost Friday.” And how would anyone have known this without these reassurances? At least this practice has been lessened by the slightly more creative Throwback Thursday theme. Although photos of mullets and big hair and wide lapels and poodle skirts can get really really really tiresome after a while. (I have wisely burned all of my photos from that era.)
TGIF: And then we get that day of the week that everyone misspells. It’s no longer a “Friday”. It has become “TGIF”. Posts all day long celebrating that it’s once again Friday, that we have all survived another week, and that we should all rejoice because the weekend is just around the corner.
Hey! You! I already know this! And, by the way, I really don’t care.
Finally we arrive at the punch-line that no one talks about: there is another week just around the corner. And thank goodness there is, because I’m not done.
You see, I didn’t write this rant because this fascination with what day of the week it happens to be really bothers me. In all honesty, I don’t pay any attention to it except for my calendar. What I do pay attention to is the amount of social media that is just fluff. The content creation that is not creative at all. The posts that have no meaning and no relevance. Sadly too many people on social media think some content is better than none, and that more content is better than less, not realizing that quality rules over quantity.
I also get dismayed by the content curation that has not actually been curated but simply reposted, often without even reading what you are reposting. Like the blog I read last week talking about how to use secret boards on Pinterest, and bemoaning the fact that you could only have three secret boards. No longer a fact. Old, and wrong, information that had been repacked and repurposed without being curated or fact checked.
News flash. This does not build trust. This does not create relevance. And this turns off followers.
I’m not saying that you can’t have fun on social media. You should show your personality, and hopefully that includes some fun. But sometimes funny is not funny at all, and cute becomes tired and boring. It’s important to learn the difference, and when it is all just too much.
Oh, and by the way, it’s still Wednesday. Have a Happy Hump Day. Or whatever.